It took just six weeks for the world to report the most recent 500,000 deaths from Covid-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
According to the same data, it took the world more than six months to report the first 500,000 Covid-19 deaths.
As of Saturday morning, the United States has reported 392,351 Covid-19 deaths – the most of any country in the world.
Brazil has reported more than 200,000 deaths from Covid-19, and India and Mexico have both reported more than 100,000 Covid-19 deaths to date.
Death rates began to rise sharply in November 2020 in both Europe and North America. The average number of daily new deaths has remained at a pandemic-era high in both regions for over a month, according to university data.